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Saturday, June 21, 2008

JASIST allows self-archiving

Charles Bailey, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology Goes Green, DigitalKoans, June 20, 2008.

In a forthcoming "Early View" editorial in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology ("JASIST Open Access"), Donald H. Kraft announces that JASIST will permit self-archiving "on the Contributor's personal Web site or in the Contributor's institution's/employer's institutional repository or archive" (institutional intranets are also permitted). This excludes disciplinary archives, such as dLIST and E-LIS, which are global in nature.

Such self-archiving can occur for both preprints and postprints. The author cannot "update the submission version [version submitted for consideration that has not undergone peer review] or replace it with the published Contribution." However, the author can "update the preprint [accepted version that has undergone peer review] with any corrections." ...

More from the Early View editorial:

...Prior to publication, the Contributor must include the following notice on the preprint: This is a preprint of an article accepted for publication in Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology ? [year] (American Society for Information Science and Technology). After publication of the Contribution by Wiley-Blackwell, the preprint notice should be amended to read as follows: This is a preprint of an article published in [include the complete citation information for the final version of the Contribution as published in the print edition of the Journal], and should provide an electronic link to the Journal's World Wide Web site. The Contributor also may update the preprint with any corrections made, in which case the notice shall further be amended with the following language This preprint has been updated to reflect changes in the final version.

Comment.  I applaud the substance of the new JASIST policy.  However, in one respect it will create needless confusion.  JASIST requires authors to label their self-archived manuscripts as "preprints" even when they have been approved by the JASIST peer review process.  To most readers, "preprint" means that a manuscript has not yet been refereed.  JASIS does allow self-archiving of the peer-reviewed manuscript, which is the important point of substantive policy.  It shouldn't require the use of a misleading label.